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15 August 2006 @ 10:07 pm
Airfare  
Random tip... Folks looking to fly sometime soon, I'm finding that you may want to try calling travel agencies or hitting the airlines' web pages directly to look for fares. Online sites like Expedia and Travel Zoo are giving completely ridiculous itineraries for outrageous prices. (SF to Tokyo for $2100 -- with a transfer in LAX and San Jose? Uh... I think not.)

Folks going to Japan in April, I'm currently finding fares for around $870. Surprisingly, LAX is more expensive. Color me surprised. Will have to see how much the fares to England are (now that they appear to be coming to their senses) to figure out which trip gets my frequently flier miles. Providing, of course, that sanity remains and no one tells me to check my multiple thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment in my checked luggage. (Uh, what part of "no way in hell" is not making sense here?) And that I'm willing to get sick every time I set foot on a plane, since my government appears to have missed the memo that water is an important component for living. Still with the grrr on that one...
 
 
 
puddlemizutamari on August 16th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
you're the datageek! Find some medical disease that requires hydration and offer to drink the water in front of them! That's what moms with baby formula had to do! Just drink it in front of them and prove that it is not an explosive ingredient.
(Anonymous) on August 16th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Find some medical disease that requires hydration and offer to drink the water in front of them!

Like living? Last time I checked, hydration is required for every form of life known on this planet.

Yes, I accept that I am going to have to go and get a doctor's note saying what should be common sense: that hydration is required for living, and the side effects of dehydration are serious and severe.

Pud, I understand this isn't your medical problem, but please understand that dehydration is a very serious issue for me. I do not talk about cancelling all my flights for the foreseeable future lightly.
puddlemizutamari on August 16th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
SP-sama? Is that you?

I'm sorry if I come off as completely heartless and non-serious all the time... I certainly do not mean to... and I absolutely do not mean to insult you! I guess the eternal-optimist in me just figures that there is always the beverage cart or something... I am a bit simple-minded sometimes. I can get really upset about small things but things like this, I just don't let them get me down...
Sandpanthersandpanther on August 21st, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
SP-sama? Is that you?

Yeah, sorry, it was morning and I forgot to log in.

... I really don't know how to explain what the problem is without either getting really angry, or going into a multi-page lecture. I think the simplest way to put it is: I've been on A LOT of flights. Almost all of them are 10+ hour flights. From this experience I have found that 1) if I drink enough water on a flight, my sinuses don't bleed, I don't arrive with a splitting headache, and I don't immediately come down with a head cold (the corrlary to all that being that if I don't drink enough, those are the symptoms I will suffer with), and 2) the amount of liquid that the beverage service provides is totally and completely insufficient to fulfill the requirements of #1. So I bring along an extra liter of water and a Gatorade, and I arrive feeling fine, and I don't end up with a head cold that lingers through the entirety of my vacation + weeks afterward.

And now my government has told me that I can't. So if I want to fly, I have to accept that I will be sick through my vacation, and that the 10+ hours I spend on the flight will be about as painful as having bamboo slivers shoved under my fingernails.

And then you told me that it's no big deal, and why should I be upset?

And that... that is why I got upset.
Jeanneseshat on August 16th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
gg...$870? ouch! Unless those fares come down a LOT then it's frequent flyer miles for me.

I'm desperately hoping that the banning of water from carry-on luggage comes with a commensurate increase in water service on planes. If not, there's always the attendant call button. "Miss? My water glass is empty again. I need a refill"